East Kootenay Volleyball Club U15 Girls win Silver medal at Nationals

East Kootenay Volleyball Club U15 Girls win Silver medal at Nationals

Team falls just short of title at Regina tournament, earn second place in Tier 2 Division 1

The East Kootenay Volleyball Club U15 girls Avalanche team recently completed a highly successful season, capping it off at the Canadian National Championships from May 20 to 22 in Regina.

After a challenging season against Alberta’s best U15 teams — they finished as high as fifth place in one of the Alberta premiere tournaments and won the Cranbrook Rich Waylen Tournament — the girls won a Silver medal in Tier 2 Division 1 at the big show.

In the preliminary round of the tournament, the Avalanche beat Saskatchewan’s Weyburn Rush 2-1 (25-6, 9-25, 15-11), lost to Alberta’s Dinos 2-0 (9-25, 23-25), and then beat Manitoba’s Selkirk Royals 2-0 (27-25, 27-25).

In the subsequent Power Pool round, the Avs were defeated 2-0 (17-25, 17-25) by Manitoba’s Junior Bison Gold team, lost 2-0 (16-25, 22-25) to the Dawson Creek Volleyball Club Dynamite, and then finally beat Saskatchewan’s Oxbow BKVC 2-0 (25-22, 2-22).

In the playoffs, the Avs beat Alberta’s Pandas 2-0 (25-20, 25-22) and then the NOOKS Blue team 2-1 (20-25, 25-21, 15-12) in the semi-finals.

They ultimately lost, however, to the Selkirk Royals in a rematch of their preliminary showdown, 2-0 (18-25, 13-25) and had to settle for second best in Tier 2.

The team’s 2017 roster was made up of nine girls: Jane Beswick, Belle Boehm, Aspen Cooper, Jamie Dennis, Taylor Drake, Claire Newsome, Ellie Oestreich, Samantha Robertson and Malia Samycia. They were coach by Allana Oestreich and Cheri Cooper.